Spicy Mango Tofu Stir-Fry

Tofu may be the food choice that sends my meat-eating friends running faster than anything else on earth. People can be legitimately disgusted by tofu. And it’s unfortunate, because I’m convinced that much of this disgust comes from eating badly prepared tofu, not unlike if I declared that steak was “disgusting” because I’d received a … Continue reading Spicy Mango Tofu Stir-Fry

Along The Arizona Road: Sedona’s Energy Vortexes

God, it’s been hard to get myself to stop and write. I kept waiting to feel the “pause” I need to get those thoughts out, but it comes fewer and farther between. The goal in Sedona was to spend as much of our time hiking as we could, which was an ideal activity for my … Continue reading Along The Arizona Road: Sedona’s Energy Vortexes

Along The Arizona Road: Prescott to Sedona

On the road again…we took the scenic route on our way to Prescott by starting in Wickenburg and driving Route 89 up through a series of sharp switchbacks and hills. Our small SUV lurched forward with a bit of struggle, but persevered. I regretted gulping down that extra-large coffee as my stomach swerved along with … Continue reading Along The Arizona Road: Prescott to Sedona

Along The Arizona Road: Tucson to Bisbee

We woke up after a flurried New Years Eve in a lodge in Tucson. I had that moment of “where am I” as I opened my eyes…but I quickly settled, remembering that I was somewhere different than yesterday. My 30-something body struggles to stay up late these days, even for a ball drop (through a … Continue reading Along The Arizona Road: Tucson to Bisbee

Traveling Canada: Vancouver to Victoria

Not far from Vancouver is Vancouver Island, home to the quaint town of Victoria and the Butchart Gardens. Victoria is a hugely popular tourist destination, with harborside restaurants, museums, pubs, and the vast British Columbia Parliament Buildings. Overly ambitious as usual, we figured it would be easy-peasy to take a day trip to Victoria during … Continue reading Traveling Canada: Vancouver to Victoria

Traveling Canada: Stanley Park in Vancouver

We landed in Vancouver early in the morning. Our hotel was right in downtown inside the bustle of sky rises and adjusting back to the energy of the city was going to take time. My mind was still wandering through the swirling mountains and hills of Banff. Too early to check in, we set off … Continue reading Traveling Canada: Stanley Park in Vancouver

Traveling Canada: Jasper & the “Wildfire Plan”

It was unfortunate that we only had one night in Jasper. There were nearby hikes, scenic roads, and ghost towns that we never had a chance to explore. We had to head down south again, back to Calgary, to fly to Vancouver early the next morning. We had originally planned to drive from Jasper through … Continue reading Traveling Canada: Jasper & the “Wildfire Plan”

Traveling Canada: The Icefields Parkway

I was so excited for our drive up the Icefields Parkway. There’s nothing that invigorates me more than a long, lackadaisical trip down a new road with mountains enveloping me. The weather forecast said to expect rain and thunderstorms, but the sky was a piercing shade of blue with only a sporadic cloud to block … Continue reading Traveling Canada: The Icefields Parkway

Traveling Canada: Banff National Park, Day 2

Another early and tranquil morning in downtown Banff. The drive to Johnston Canyon for today’s hike was peppered with rain, but it moved through quickly like the weather here does. The trail to the canyon ran along rushing water, and it was a more relaxed pace than yesterdays. Passing a few waterfalls, the trail turned … Continue reading Traveling Canada: Banff National Park, Day 2